Running back Fred Taylor recently shared some of his thoughts with the Globe as he makes the transition from the Jaguars to the Patriots. His comments were included in today's Boston Globe football notes, and are reprinted here:
His first impressions of New England: "I've been in Florida my entire life, but I always tell people I think I was one of those Floridians who was wired the wrong way. For some reason, I kind of like the cold. My grandmother never understood that about me. In terms of the city of Boston, until I signed here and visited, I didn't know it was so nice. The skyline, the water, it's a beautiful place. I think I'll probably be living in the city. I have been searching for places, and it was a cool feeling being in the city, because Jacksonville, you don't get that real city feel. It's more country there."
On how he is approaching the offseason: "I'll be joining the team May 11. That's a week prior to the rookie passing camp, so I can kind of get with the coaches, get in the strength and conditioning program, and be around the guys for a week, learn the system for a bit. When the rookies take the field for the 18th, I'll go out there with them so I can get a two-week learning curve before the initial veteran passing camp. I'll practice the OTAs [organized team activities] until June and the minicamp. Now, I'm just training in South Florida like I usually do."
On choosing No. 21 after wearing No. 28 in Jacksonville the last 11 seasons: "I was 21 at [the University of] Florida and I want to finish how I started. I started pretty strong, so I decided to go to 21. I think it will be a good look. It was available and I said, 'Why not?' About 4-5 years ago, I wanted to get it in Jacksonville when Jack Del Rio initially came. But he said '28 is you' and he convinced me not to get it. So I'm back in old 21, ready to make that hot."